Recommendations for better Internet privacy

Last Update : 2020-01-02 15:39:20 published in : privacy

Passwords

Passwords are supposed to be the primary filter of access of a delicate bit of information. Only those with privileges to enter what’s inside are supposed to have the passphrase; so it should be long, secure, easy for the person to remember and hard for strangers and external agents to guess.

Passwords are also supposed to be managed with responsibility. If you are using your social media outlets, or more importantly, your banking account, you should be aware of what you do with those little sentences you write to access them.

Establishing stupidly easy passwords such as “1234” or your birthday is a common mistake that often leads to online privacy risks. Also, users should log out of their accounts in all cases: avoid skipping this step.

If you are in a public place or even in your hotel room, don’t leave your sessions open or your devices unlocked because somebody can come in and inflict irreparable damage to your system or, worse, to your finances.

Don’t make it too straightforward for attackers to steal your digital assets or identity. Protect yourself with a strong password, two-factor authentication, finger ID, and good habits when it comes to your passphrase.

He who reach you as usual

However, you may want to be very selective in the data bits you share with people in your out-of-office message. History has proven that those that are very explicit and focused on details in these communications often say a little too much, making themselves vulnerable to malicious people trying to threaten their online privacy.

You may send your out-of-office message to the usual contact list; there may be a lot of people there, many of whom you don’t speak too frequently.

If you decide to post pictures, videos, feelings, locations, and updates through your social media accounts; then you should know how to set up your preferred privacy settings, so you can have a hold on who sees your content and who can’t have access to it.

For example, imagine that you have a Facebook account and your privacy settings are configured to “public.” That means that your page will be available to anyone who may stumble on it over the above mentioned social network, whether you know him/her or not. That is not a good thing.

Cybercriminals are continually looking for vulnerable people to steal identities, take advantage of social media passwords or credit card numbers and pounce. Usually, they look for little details that may seem harmless at first, such as the façade thing, but they can either identify the street and the house for future crimes or tell some partners in “crime” to take the “stealing” part to a physical plane.

You may innocently tweet that you hate your boss because he sent you tons of work with very tight deadlines, or just because you feel he doesn’t treat you all that well. However, you don’t know if he has a Twitter account or has somebody spying on his staff, so you may come to regret your little comment.

Published in 2019-04-08 10:21:38